Individual Membership

Individuals can donate to the Hakone Foundation in many ways. Hakone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. All donations are tax deductible up to the extent of the law. Please see the Membership Level Benefits listed below.

Membership Level Benefits

Centennial $10,000+ membership

  • Table at our annual gala in 2017
  • 4 people for Premier tea ceremony
  • A private, guided tour of the garden that provides some history and background
  • All benefits at lower levels

Pavilion $5,000+ membership

  • A group of 10 people for tea ceremony
  • All benefits at lower levels

Tea Garden $1,000+ membership

  • A group of 5 people for tea ceremony
  • All benefits at lower levels

Bamboo Garden $250+ membership

  • Seasonal sake-kit
  • All benefits at lower levels

Regular Annual Membership

Individual $45 | *Family $75 | Senior, Student(5-17 years old) $35

  • Free year-around admission
  • Invitations to exclusive member events
  • Seasonal cross membership to select museums
  • Free/discounted admission to special art exhibitions and cultural festivals
  • Hakone Gardens newsletter
  • 10% discount at the Garden Gift Shop
  • Priority signup for workshops

*Family: 2 adults and 2 students.

Signing up for 2 years gives you 4 complimentary admission passes at the time of purchase.


  • Pay online. If you are applying online, please click on Donate and pay the fee for the membership of your choice.
  • Send a check. Please state your phone number, email and the membership type on your check, and send it to
Hakone Foundation
PO Box 2324
Saratoga, CA 95070
  • Pay by credit card. Please call us at 408-741-4994

Corporate Matching

Does your employer match any donations you make to a certified non-profit organization? Please check with your employer and let your donation make a greater difference.

Legacy Gifts

Please consider creating a personal legacy for Hakone in your will or living trust.


Individual Donors (October 2016 - December 2017)


Centennial ($10,000+)

  • Rick and Ann Waltonsmith

Tea Garden ($1,000+)

  • Don Ichikawa
  • Tadao Kurosawa
  • Robert Rikli
  • Howard and Sandy Miller
  • Jeanne Tsukuda

Bamboo Garden ($250+)

  • Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco
  • Cresside Berg
  • Eugene and Mary-Lynne Bernald
  • Roy and Anna Cook
  • Yuki Hashimoto
  • Peggy and Fred Heiman
  • Richard and June Kanazawa
  • Patrick and Emily Lo
  • Baptiste Paquler
  • Fumiko Shimada
  • Chris and Minako Tsuji
  • Peter Coe Verbica
  • Mikiko Walker

In-kind Donors
  • Yasuko Corbet
  • Pauline Fong
  • David Hall
  • Bev & Dave Harada
  • Yuki Hashimoto
  • Peggy Heiman
  • Reiko Iwanaga
  • Shozo Kagoshima
  • Sayuri Kono
  • Helen Kwan
  • Ginger Lai
  • Emily & Patrick Lo
  • Dorothy Matthews
  • Miki and Takao Shimabe
  • Rick and Ann Waltonsmith
  • Kristy Yamaguchi
  • Connie Young Yu
  • Dr. John Yu